Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002671 

Received: 11/7/2013 11:18:00 PM
Commenter: Heather Gold

Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
From:Heather Gold <> Sent:Thursday, November 07, 2013 11:17 PM Subject:Coal exports via the Columbia River to Washington State ports

Obviously, everybody has the right to make a living, starting with the coalmining families who have known no other life for generations, in spite of the danger, the poor prospects for a healthy life after, and if, one survives to retirement age. In order for those families to achieve any kind of life, the companies employing them would need to continue to exist, in spite of the fact that there is convincing evidence that sales to coal-burning entities are anathema to the continuing good health of the planet itself! And mountain-top destruction mining sites look to be irreparable [but are they?], leaving behind a destroyed environment for man and beast.

What's to be done?....put an end to coal mining as a way of running our energy plants, the way people stopped using coal to heat their homes......and sell the coal to the rest of the world??!! Sounds like a plan that has so many bad aspects to it, in this day [and it's late in that day] and age [also late in this age] of global-warming that is already occurring, to dwindling food supplies to the sealife as water temperatures increase and smaller fish disappear, with the huge, ancient icefields crashing into the seas at unheard of rates, raising water temps as the colder water sinks with the weight of the ice........its clear that coal mining has to end. Not a sustainable industry any longer. These are historical times....later generations will mark how we handled this our credit or to our shame. Sending this coal down the great Columbia, spewing coaldust along the riverside communities and increasing the river traffic with attendant fuel harm to the river....then onto boats at dockside communities with the same pollution effects...and into countries with less oversight and care about raising the carbon footprint of their burgeoning industries is an irresponsible, horrible disregard for the future of the planet.

The families in coalmining country wukk be affected most and must be helped to retrain for other work. So much ecological damage has been done to their communites, surely there must be some job training for reforestation work, filling of the giant holes and craters caused by mountain-top mining and returning their states to a condition that could encourage other forms of employment. This has to have been thought of and the huge companies that have for generations made their fortunes on the backs of these people, should be made to involve themselves in this reparation. Thank you for reading this, in the fond hope that you actually did. I remain sincerely hopeful that sanity will return to these United States.